'Wizard of Oz' Dorothy dress fetches $1.56 million at auction

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It's gonna take a lot of yellow bricks to pay for this purchase.

One of the best preserved blue gingham Dorothy dresses from the Wizard of Oz sold at auction today as part of Bonham's Treasures from the Dream Factory sale conducted in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies. The dress went for $1.56 million (including buyer's premium).

The final price was above the $800,000-$1,200,000 pre-sale estimate and it is triple the $480,000 the dress sold for in 2012. But that amount is less than a pair of ruby red slippers ($2 million) and a Cowardly Lion costume ($3.1 million) sold for recently.

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The dress comes with a storied pedigree. Kent Warner, the costume collector hired to help MGM conduct its legendary 1970 prop and costume (held because corporate raider Kirk Kerkorian was trying to milk every dollar out of the studio), cherry picked many of the best pieces for his personal collection, including this dress and a pair of ruby red slippers. Both were then sold at Christie's big 1981 auction. Warner's pair of ruby reds are now owned by the Academy for display in its future museum.

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'Wizard of Oz' Dorothy dress fetches $1.56 million at auction
1939: American actor Judy Garland (1922 - 1969), as Dorothy Gale, holding Toto the dog for the film, 'The Wizard Of Oz,' directed by Victor Fleming. (Photo by MGM Studios/MGM Studios/Getty Images)
Cinema, Personalities, circa 1930+s, American actress and singer Judy Garland, portrait, born in 1922 who made her name as Dorothy in the 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz' for which she received a special Academy award, She made a total of 32 movies performed 700 concerts and made 12 record albums, She died in 1969 after a sleeping pill overdose (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Ray Bolger (1904-1987), US actor, Jack Haley (1897-1979), US actor, Judy Garland (1922-1969), US actress and singer, and Bert Lahr (1895-1967), US actor and comedian, all in costume as they dance along the yellow brick road in a publicity still from the film, 'The Wizard of Oz', 1939. The musical, adapted from the novel by L Frank Baum (1856-1919) and directed by Victor Fleming (1889-1949), starred Bolger as the 'Scarecrow', Haley as the 'Tin Man', Garland as 'Dorthy Gale', and Lahr as the 'Cowardly Lion'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actors Bert Lahr (1895 - 1967) (far right), Ray Bolger (1904 - 1987) (back row, right), Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) (sitting, right), composer Harold Arlen (1905 - 1986) (sitting left), and various MGM and music publishing executives sing songs from the 1939 film musical 'The Wizard of Oz' around a microphone in the NBC radio studio, circa 1939. (Image by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1939: Promotional studio portrait of American actor and singer Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) wearing her costume as Dorothy from director Victor Fleming's film, 'The Wizard of Oz'. She wears a gingham bodice and a white puff-sleeved blouse, with a satin ribbon in her hair. (Photo by MGM Studios/MGM Studios/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Video tribute to 'The Wizard of Oz' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The cover of 'Screen Romances' magazine, which contains a feature on the MGM film 'The Wizard of Oz', August 1939. The cover depicts actors Judy Garland, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley as Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man, respectively. (Photo by Barson Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Judy Garland in costume for her role as Dorothy Gale in a scene from the film 'The Wizard Of Oz', 1939. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
American actor Ray Bolger (1904 - 1987) as The Scarecrow in the MGM film 'The Wizard of Oz', 1939. (Photo by MGM Studios/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Margaret Hamilton (1902 - 1985) as the Wicked Witch and Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) as Dorothy Gale in 'The Wizard of Oz', 1939. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress and singer Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) as Dorothy Gale in 'The Wizard of Oz', 1939. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Man, Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale and Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow in a scene from the film 'The Wizard Of Oz', 1939. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Video tribute to 'The Wizard of Oz' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jack Haley as the Tin Man leans toward Judy Garland and Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow while on the Yellow Brick Road as Toto tags along in a scene from the film 'The Wizard Of Oz', 1939. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
From left to right, Jack Haley as the Tin Man, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy and Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in the MGM film 'The Wizard of Oz', 1939. (Photo by Authenticated News/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Video tribute to 'The Wizard of Oz' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Judy Garland (1922-1969), US actress and singer, sleeping in a field of red poppies and yellow flowers in a publicity still issued for the film, 'The Wizard of Oz', USA, 1939. The musical, directed by Victor Fleming (1889-1949), starred Garland as 'Dorothy'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Video tribute to 'The Wizard of Oz' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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The dress was described as: "Comprising a blue and white gingham pinafore with a fitted bodice and a full skirt, two mother-of-pearl buttons on the front and two on the back, with a hook-and-eye closure at the back, bearing a bias label inscribed in script, 'Judy Garland,' and a short cream-colored cotton blouse with a high neck, pale blue rickrack trim at the cuffs and neck, hook-and-eye and snap closure at the back, reinforced shoulders, and a bias label inscribed, 'Judy Garland / 4461'."

The identity of the buyer was not revealed.

Other notable sales included a Steve McQueen racing suit from Le Mans that sold for $425,000, a Rosebud sled gifted to screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz at the conclusion of the filming of Citizen Kane and Willy Wonka Golden Ticket that went for $35,000.

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